TCR No. 8 was originally scheduled for July/August 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers announced in late March 2020 that the race would be postponed until the same time in 2021. For the moment, the route details are staying the same. All rider and volunteer allocations have been transferred to 2021.
The start and finish locations from TCR No. 7 are being used again in TCR No. 8, but the direction is reverting back to the traditional west to east format. The start had be planned during the final weekend of July 2020 (late on Friday 24th or early 25th). The dates for the postponed event in 2021 have not yet been announced.
The total distance is expected to be similar to the longest ever TCR in 2015 of about 4,200 km. However, the amount of climbing is significantly more than in 2015 at over 40,000 m, so this may be the hardest route yet, or at least take longer to ride than any other.
The finish party had been announced as Saturday evening, August 8th, which would have been the end of Day 15. This would therefore probably be an even bigger challenge for people to arrive before the finish party in this edition than it was in previous editions. Again, the dates for the postponed event in 2021 have not yet been announced.
The 4 control points are as follows, which are all marked on the map below.
- CP1: Roubaix, France. The parcours includes some of the classic secteurs of incredibly rough, cobbled farm roads in northern France that are used in the Paris-Roubaix professional bike race every Spring.
- CP2: Grosser Speikkogel, Austria. The parcours involves one of the hardest paved climbs in the Alps with an average gradient of around 11% for at least 10 km. There is then a traverse on a gravel road along the ridge.
- CP3: Durmitor massif, Montenegro. CP3 re-visits this stunning National Park in remembrance of the race’s founder Mike Hall because he chose it as CP4 for TCR No4, 2016. Racers will pass through the dramatic Tara river gorge and then climb over the remote, high mountains on a minor paved road.
- CP4: Transalpina, Romania. Visiting a high pass in Romania’s Carpathian mountains for the second time (the Transfagarasan Pass featured in TCR No5, 2017). This time it is the Transalpina road that will be used, but the parcours will actually focus on a lengthy gravel/unpaved side-road.
It has not yet been announced whether there will be an obligatory start or finish parcours, but both are likely based on recent race editions.
Announcement & Applications
Rough details of the race were announced at the launch event at Look Mum No Hands in London, UK on 23rd November, 2019. Registration was open for two weeks starting on 25th November, 2019.
Around 300 starting places are normally available, but many more applications than that are received. This post about the TCR No. 4 application process describes some of the factors that are used to deliberately select certain applicants and then a lottery is used to select from the rest of the valid applications. The process is also addressed on the TCR’s FAQ page. Applicants were informed in early January 2020 whether they had been awarded a place. In late March 2020, it was announced that the event was being postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and all registrations were being transferred.
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